What Is Going On Behind The Scenes At Disney…

… Here’s my theory, and I have lots of theories. But I can’t help but wonder, what in the world is going on behind the scenes at Disney? The rate in which their child actors spiral out of control is utterly alarming. There is something going on. But what? And how dark?

Of course I have no substantiated proof that it’s anything more than that toxic combination of fame and narcissism, but my gut tells me there is something more. Something possibly darker.

Firstly, I view any organization that has built it’s entire empire off children with suspicion. One thing that bothers me immensely about Disney is it concerted efforts to remove children from the influence of their parents. Look at the programming. Some of the most popular shows on the Disney channel right now involve unsupervised children acting “older than their chronological age” with absentee parents.

Jessie – kids raised my a nanny and a butler.
Ant Farm – takes place in school (convenient) with no teacher supervision, only the occasional appearance of a malevolent principal.
Austin & Alley – kids running around a mall, again unsupervised. Sometimes dad shows up. Most times not.
Shake It Up – I still haven’t figured this show out. Is it about truancy? Skipping school to dance? Huh?
Gravity Fall – kids spending the summer under the sporadic supervision of a con-artist gruncle. Gruncle?

You get the idea. Parents are lame. So lame in fact that they are minor or non-existent characters in the shows.

Now let’s look at the fruit of Disney stardom…

Brittany Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and most recently Miley Cyrus. In my heart of hearts I can’t help but suspect that Disney grooms children for public consumption like a pedophile grooms its victims. Why are so many Disney child actors going off the rails and committing suicide? Starting all the way back from the days of Bobby Driscoll, you can see that working at Disney can be a hazardous profession.

Hollywood in general has long been held under the suspicion of using the practice of the casting couch, yes, even for children. Many actors have come out exposing the practice. Roman Polansky, Cory Haim, Alison Arngrim, Marty Weiss (who actually has connections with Disney), and even Mario Puzo’s fictional character Jack Woltz in the Godfather all point to the very real problem of pedophilia in the entertainment business.

And then there’s Disney, brimming over with a fresh supply on new young talent. Talent that has consistently found itself on self destruct mode. Make of it what you will. Between that and being notorious for including sexual innuendos in their productions, Disney and its influence should be kept as far away from your family as possible.

Related Links: Disney’s theme parks Gay Days , Inside Edition Investigates Disney and Hollywood for Pedophilia, Alison Angrim admits there is a child casting couch and starts Protect.org

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  • OldWorldSwine

    I really have wondered sometimes whether there might be some kind of highly secretive and “inner ring” of wealthy and influential johns who buy access to many of these young stars, either directly or through video. Imagine the bidding war over who will be first with the current preteen TV sensation. Maybe I just have a twisted imagination, but when the thought first occurred to me, I found it so believable as to be almost inevitable. I hope to God I’m wrong.

  • https://twitter.com/ArchaicSteam Archaic Steam

    There have been rumblings in the celebrity gossip circles for awhile now, that if the lid was blown off Hollywood’s casting couch secrets it would make the Catholic Church’s pedophile priests (of what there were) look down right tame. Partly because it is going on even now.

    I find it disgusting how these celebrities mock us Catholics for the failings of a small percentage of priests, when they *know* how many powerful people in Hollywood are taking advantage of young, vulnerable or naive star wannabes.

    • Vision_From_Afar

      You’re really arguing from the “Well…you’re doing it too!” position? Neither premise is acceptable, but only one has evidence.
      So far.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

        There is quite a bit of well founded, substantiated evidence that Hollywood has a casting couch and it’s rife with pedophiles. I mentioned a few well known cases – one recent & in connection with Disney – in my post.

        • https://twitter.com/ArchaicSteam Archaic Steam

          Kat, I made a comment a day or two ago that isn’t showing up… did it get caught in the spam filter?

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    If the BBC child casting couch is any indication…

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      That, actually, was no casting couch. Nobody made a career thanks to it. It was a pure culture of exploitation among those who thought they were entitled to – remember the Seventies?

  • Kate Bluett

    You used the phrase “casting couches for children” and now I will never get it out of my head. That is a horrifying image, and I have no doubt that it exists, if not at Disney then elsewhere. God have mercy on us.

  • Tim in Cleveland

    That “Gravity Falls” show is strange. It seems aimed more at the hipster Adult Swim crowd than at children. Also a lot of borderline homoerotic references.

    Maybe I’m just paranoid.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      You’re not paranoid. You’re astute.

      • Tim in Cleveland

        That’s a shame. It’s actually a pretty good show, especially Kristen Schaal’s character. But definitely not for kids.

  • Sarah S

    Walt would be horrified at the turn his company has taken :(.

  • AnneG

    Corey Feldman said exactly that. Basically kids are passed around. Some of this explains the drug ans behavior problems as well as suicides. Awful!

  • Martin T.

    Blame it all on the Hardy Boys and the Bobsey twins, the original unsupervised teenagers. From time immemorial (See Dickens) children in stories have been deprived of parental guidance in order to have the story move around the child characters and not be solved immediately by a parent guardian. Still, there are intact families on Disney, “Good Luck Charlie” has a ” ” pro-life” ” family in that there are 5 children and no apologies and no vasectomy jokes. The new show (can’t remmeber the name, “twin girls” portrayed by one actress with an intact family. In the initial episode the parents are portrayed as quiet in charge.

    Disney is in no way a moral center of the universe. The kids are packaged and sold like gummy bears. I think it is more the commercialization of the kids than the sexualization of them that is the issue. Once Disney is done the wolves swoop in. The kids have no defences as their parents have long since sold them upstream for the notoriety.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    Funny you should post this at the same time as I posted the following comment on Public Catholic:I think that in this case there is a great deal more immediate and personal responsibility in a certain specific quarter. I have been saying this for years: how is it that, at least since Britney Spears, EVERY SINGLE sweet-looking innocent-looking immensely successful and massively marketed Disney girl star, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM, turns into a conscious, deliberate and aggressive tart as soon as she hits sixteen? It was said of Britney’s first video – the paedophile special, with her dancing as an underdressed schoolgirl surrounded by lookalikes – that it had been she herself who had insisted on the heavily and aggressively sexual look. Well, obviously, whatever they may have been when they entered Disney, it is clear that by the time they are sixteen the Christinas, the Lindsays, the Mileys, are doing nothing but pretending, and are something like relieved, and certainly eager, when they are legally allowed to go into public, full-blown tart mode. Now, if this was even only a frequent event, but not one that happened every time, one might wonder about the reason; but as it always happens to a certain, specific group of girls, I think no reasonable person can have any doubts. Walt Disney Productions must be a paedophile operation. It is not only likely, it is evident and obvious, that any serious investigation into their live action branches would uncover enough rottenness to make the worst of Mahoney and Law’s glory years look like shining instances of integrity. Only nobody will investigate, nobody will even question, this corporate giant. I wonder why?

    • Almario Javier

      I would in the main except Hillary Duff. Of course, given only one decent turnout in the past few decades, that’s still an abysmal result. If this were a school in Los Angeles the Mayor would have mandated it into receivership a long time ago. But apparently this is a corporate giant, therefore sacrosanct.

    • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

      I can’t say who did what to those girls, but it’s indeed text-book behavior of girls who have been sexually abused.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

        I concur. My original post stated my belief that Disney is using their actors as rent boys/girls but I was advised by my editor to remove that because Disney is a highly litigious organization. So my true suspicions must lurk in the comment section.

  • echarles1

    It is not the lack of parents in front of the camera, but a lack of parenting behind the camera that matters. I remember Billy Ray Cyrus said he simply did not have the heart to discipline his kids. On the other hand, Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove is attending college now because her dad always told her an education was something no one could ever take away from her. (Yes, I know too much about kids shows, then again I have an 11 year old daughter so there.)

  • kenofken

    As usual, the lot of you are over-thinking the problem. If you want to understand an organization, go back to its roots, and even its seed. Ask yourself: Has any enterprise of good will, ever, had its start with men in pencil mustaches? :)

    • Martin T.


  • Jordan

    Definitely good points, there, although there is one good show as far as the tv parental presence issue goes: Good Luck Charlie. Parents are around, Dad isn’t constantly the dumbo/buffoon character (the mother and father both have their smart and goofball moments, kind of like real life), and the family even has more than the socially “normal” number of kids (4, now 5 in the newest season). I certainly wouldn’t fault anybody for cutting out one form or another of entertainment at least for their younger children since particular tv shows or movies are not neccessary in themselves, but it’s probably not possible to have every form of entertainment 100% kosher, unless you don’t mind being left with something that’s completely lame to adults and kids alike.

  • Caroline Moreschi

    As Martin T. says, the “children by themselves” idea was hardly a Disney invention. The Victorians perfected the orphan novel in various forms, from Oliver Twist to The Secret Garden. And even books/ movies with parents tend to focus on the kids: remember how the teacher in Charlie Brown speaks in gibberish? It’s simple: kids don’t want to read about adults, and they long for independence. That’s a feature, not a bug, of childhood. The difference with the modern versions is the brattiness of the kids themselves….

    • Colleen Carter Duncan

      It would be pretty difficult to think of any classic literature that did feature kids with both parents who were present in the story. The Chronicles of Narnia? No. E. Nesbitt’s books? No. The Boxcar Children? No. Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Heidi, Pollyanna, The Little Prince, Pippi Longstocking, Little Women, Five Little Peppers…all either totally orphaned, only one parent, or parents who are absent from the story. The absence of parents is the norm for children’s literature, not the exception.

  • DenverGregg

    It goes back much farther than that: Pinocchio, Snow White, Cinderella, Bambi, the Air Bud movies, the whole lot of them. In the Disneyverse an intact family simply isn’t the norm.